Monroeville Animal Shelter
Our Featured Pet...Nikki
Dear Santa Paws,
My name is Nikki and I am a Lab mix about 2 years old. When I came to the shelter as a stray, I was very thin and some of the fur on my backside was gone. My friends at the shelter fed me great food and lots of TLC, and now, my fur is all grown in and is so shiny, you may need sunglasses to look at me. They give me belly rubs and kisses and I just love it all.
I could sit here and write a long list of things that I dream about getting from you, but there is only one thing that I really want and need. I would love to have a great home for the holidays. If you find me a great home, I could hitch a ride with you in your sleigh to my new home. I will wear my new green jacket and my beautiful scarf so I won't get cold. I promise that I will give doggy biscuits to your reindeer so that they will not get hungry on our journey.
Santa Paws, if you can't find me that great home for Christmas, I will understand. I know there are so many dogs and cats that are asking you for the same thing. Please stop in and say hello to me so that I have some company on Christmas Eve. I will be waiting for you.
PS - There will be a dish of doggie treats and water that I will leave for you in the kitchen.
For info on me, please call Sue at 412-389-2480 or 412-372-1305 or email email@example.com
.>Won't you give them a chance? And please spay and neuter.
WHO WE ARE
We are a municipal animal control facility located in Monroeville, PA. After our adoption questionnaire has been completed, returned and approved, visits are by appointment only. We will do our best to match you with a dog or cat that is compatible with your family's lifestyle. Our goal is to find the best match for both pet and adoptive family. Please spay and neuter.
NOTE that our facility is not open to the public without an appointment as the animal control officer is often out of the office as that is the nature of the job and the adoption volunteers who have full-time jobs elsewhere are only available one morning; the facility is in a secured location which is inaccessible evenings and weekends. The animals in foster homes might be available for evening and weekend appointments. We greatly appreciate your patience in communicating with our adoption volunteers who may not be able to get their phone messages or emails until late in the evening.
ADOPTING A FRIEND
Our animals are adopted as inside pets only. A completed adoption questionnaire and interview are required prior to scheduling an appointment to see our animals available for adoption. An adoption donation is required for the animals to help cover our expenses. Warm and loving homes are needed for our animals. Won't you give them a chance? And please spay and neuter.
WHY SPAY & NEUTER?
often produces a better behaved and calmer pet
reduced pet cancer risks later in life
reduced pet populations giving others a chance to be adopted and reducing need for euthanasia
VISITING USVisits BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, which is located 20 minutes east of Pittsburgh, PA. We are about 10 minutes from the Monroeville Exit #6 of I76 (PA Turnpike) and I376 (Parkway East).
FOR ADOPTIONS ONLY, if you are interested in one of our animals:
Monroeville Animal Shelter
- Dog ADOPTIONS ONLY: Sue: 412-372-1305 Cell: 412-389-2480 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cat ADOPTIONS ONLY:Sue: 412-372-1305 Cell: 412-389-2480 Email: :email@example.com
- ALL OTHER ANIMAL CONTROL : 412-856-3355
Monroeville, PA 15146
Adopting a pet? Wait a minute!
It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just begging for your attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous, tail-wagging Labrador mix who couldn't be more friendly.
You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the local supermarket.
If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.
Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and cats are living beings who require lots of time, money, and commitment over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.
Things to consider.
The fact that you're thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that final decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think about these questions:
Get an animal for life
- Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's 'the thing to do' or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.
- Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to properly care for them.
- Can you afford a pet? The monetary costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.
- Are you prepared to deal with special problems that only a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.
- Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have other restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.
Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Problem-free pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is a wise choice.
- Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Adopting a large or energetic dog to share your small apartment, for example, is not a good idea he likely won't have enough space to move around in, and giving him enough exercise will require quite a bit of activity on your part. Choose an animal who will be comfortable in your surroundings.
- Do you know who will care for your pet while you are away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors, or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.
- Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible pet owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.
- Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.
Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through the animal shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt a pet is so important.
Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many dogs and cats at the shelter who are more than a year old, animals who were first obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got a pet.
Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love for the life of the pet.
Reprinted with permission from The Humane Society of the United States.
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